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Police call for witnesses to Sonisphere attack

By | Published on Friday 11 July 2014


A man is recovering after being attacked at Sonisphere last week. George Cook was beaten by three men, apparently unprovoked, on the Friday night of the festival, leaving him with serious facial injuries which required five hours of surgery. Police are seeking witnesses.

Earlier this week, Cook’s father tweeted a photograph of his son’s injuries, appealing for help in tracking down his attackers.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesperson said: “One serious incident occurred which saw a 21 year old man from Surrey suffering serious injuries following an assault in the Red 2 campsite on Friday night, 4 Jul. He received injuries to his face and jaw which require surgery. It is believed three offenders were involved in this assault”.

Speaking to NME, Sonisphere director Zac Fox said: “We were really shocked by what happened to George as the rock and metal audience are by far the best behaved and friendliest that we work with, as demonstrated by all the messages of support that our audience have sent to him”.

She goes on: “We are doing what we can to help the police with their investigation. We were delighted to hear from his father that he is already making such a good recovery and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for him if he wants to come along to the next Sonisphere”.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Hertfordshire Police, quoting the reference G1/14/1678, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.